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TNTP Teaching Fellows

Why Indianapolis?

Whether working in Indianapolis Public Schools or one of the city's innovative charters, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows make a difference in a state that is leading reform efforts nationally.


With more than 30 district and charter school partners in greater Indianapolis, Fellows have unique flexibility to find a school that fits their skills and interests. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I wanted control over where I would teach. That’s what really appealed to me about Indianapolis Teaching Fellows,” said Fellow Emily Willis.


Described as “highly individualistic and nontraditional,” many Indianapolis Fellows took unconventional paths to the classroom. They apply their rich life experiences – as surgeons, soldiers and foster parents – to a wide range of school settings, whether they’re teaching alternative education, adult education or anything in between.


Fellows don’t just teach, they embrace a wider movement. “Education reform is a priority of state and local government. There’s an environment conducive to new ideas and open to new talent, with lots of brilliant minds coming together to solve educational equity problems,” said Fellow Brent Freeman.


The subjects Fellows teach are as richly varied as the city itself, which blends the friendliness of the Midwest with the culture of a thriving metropolis. On any day, an Indianapolis Teaching Fellow might be getting students off to a strong start in an elementary classroom or preparing students for college success as a high school math or science teacher.